The visitors who come to enjoy the water and sand did not expect, certainly not that their behavior is under scrutiny of the kind. In the United States, on a public beach of Twin Lake, in Minnesota, the police has not hesitated to use drones on July 10 last for hunting for potential nudists. As reported by the american news channel CNN, the local authorities have justified this unusual method after receiving dozens of complaints of public insult to the modesty and the consumption of alcohol and drugs on the beach.
Interviewed by the local tv CBS Minnesota, Elsie Olin, who regularly frequents the beach, denounces a police intervention exaggerated on 10 July. "At that time, everyone was fully clothed. We had a blast. There was no exhibitionism ", she argues. According to the head of the police department, Randy Mahlen, several users of the beach have been caught in the act thanks to the drones. "This has validated the complaints of local residents that we have received ", he says. "This method is not different from a surveillance camera in a public place. "
"This is uncomfortable"
Also controlled by the police on the beach, another woman interviewed by CBS Minnesota questions the processes exerted by the authorities on the place. "This is uncomfortable to say that one is monitored in this way ", she says. In a press release reported by CNN, the chief of police argues that the images of the drones " are only accessible to very few members of the staff and are only used for documentation, collection of evidence and prosecution if necessary ". "The police personnel is trained in data protection and maintaining confidentiality. Under the law, people in public spaces should not expect that their private life will be recorded by safety devices ", he added. To reassure the regulars on this beach ?
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